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Old 2011-10-12, 11:52   Link #1
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Yamakan news/Yamamoto

Was hoping there would be a thread about Yamakan but I couldn't find any so I left it here.


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On September 30, Shueisha's Ultra Jump Egg website posted an interview with anime director Yutaka Yamamoto, and Yamamoto expressed his desire to deal with the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster in his next work.

Yamamoto explained that now is the time that anime should commit to reality, and he added that in this moment, anime must reexamine not only human nature and character, but nature and the world as it is. While Yamamoto said that all of his past works have carried an awareness of issues and faith, he acknowledged that anime have leaned towards fantasy and escapism.

However, Yamamoto argued that now is exactly when we cannot look for a world removed from reality through anime. He notes that anime must naturally handle this issue delicately. He needs to think about how to do this, but said that to do so would be a breakthrough lifework for himself and breakthrough work for anime in general.

Yamamoto's directorial credits include Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens and parts of The Melancholy Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star. He also founded the anime studio Ordet, where he oversaw the Fractale anime series. In addition to his anime work, he directed the live-action film Watashi no Yasashikunai Sempai (My Unkind Upperclassman).

When Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara commented in March that the tsunami was "divine punishment" for Japan's "selfishness," Yamamoto responded by saying that no divine punishment would indiscriminately affect innocent people. He added that Ishihara was not qualified to characterize Japan. Ishihara later apologized for his comment.

Yamamoto joined anime fans and itasha (decorated car) owners in going to offer relief aid to Shichigahama, the tsunami-devastated hometown of Kannagi manga creator Eri Takenashi. (The town and the local Hanabushi shrine inspired the backdrop seen in the anime.)
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Old 2011-10-12, 12:49   Link #2
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Was hoping there would be a thread about Yamakan but I couldn't find any so I left it here.




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No, thanks for the report. Nice to hear he took a hand in helping "Nagi's home town" out as well. I like his comments about what the community goals of anime should be. You can entertain while putting some brakes on the reality disconnection some of these otaku vector towards. And, of course, Ishi-baka has a long long record of spouting crap, much of which he has to apologize for later.
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Old 2011-10-12, 13:07   Link #3
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He's already unpopular... but not enough to make him lose.

Ishihara made that statement, took it back, and reworded it the same way.

Back to topic: I'm sure it'll be an anime but.... I think Yamakan was joking around (about quitting if Fractale fails) or it's Sankaku Complex rumor...
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Old 2011-10-12, 13:16   Link #4
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Back to topic: I'm sure it'll be an anime but.... I think Yamakan was joking around (about quitting if Fractale fails) or it's Sankaku Complex rumor...
No, he made made that comment. It was never clear how serious he was about it though as he kept saying it as if it was serious and then making comments as if it was meant to be a joke all along.

And he had talked about this idea previously at Nan Desu Kan as part of the first question.
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Old 2011-10-12, 13:17   Link #5
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I think Yamakan was joking around (about quitting if Fractale fails)
It was a publicity stunt.....which no one should've taken at face value. Presumably, he didn't expect Fractale to be unpopular either.

Anyway, common sense dictates that he's unlikely to quit anime unless he gets lucrative offers from other fields, such as the film industry.
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Old 2011-10-12, 14:07   Link #6
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Yamamoto explained that now is the time that anime should commit to reality, and he added that in this moment, anime must reexamine not only human nature and character, but nature and the world as it is. While Yamamoto said that all of his past works have carried an awareness of issues and faith, he acknowledged that anime have leaned towards fantasy and escapism.

However, Yamamoto argued that now is exactly when we cannot look for a world removed from reality through anime. He notes that anime must naturally handle this issue delicately. He needs to think about how to do this, but said that to do so would be a breakthrough lifework for himself and breakthrough work for anime in general.
I don't see the point for greater realism in anime. The key strenght of the medium is that it allows a fimmaker to express himself in images that would not be possible or too expensive with conventional means. If you want greater realism then switch to live action.

Animation which is not just entertainment, contains a message or shows social awareness are not exactly a new thing either (Miyazaki etc). Difference is that it usually involves animated movies for (arthouse) cinema, not late night TV. Excluding noitamina, late night shows are dominated by escapist material. I wonder if Yamatokan can really find a market for TV anime that does something other then to provide the viewer with a shot of animated prozac (unless he plans to start making low budget movies like Makoto Shinkai) .
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Old 2011-10-12, 14:29   Link #7
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Is there any reason for anime to be produced about the disaster? I'd think that anyone over there can flip to a news channel and still find some melancholy programming about the disaster or survivors.

edit:Misread the report.
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Old 2011-10-12, 17:28   Link #8
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There also was a recent anime on an Earthquake: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. Granted I did not watch it so I don't know how realistic it really was but besides the fact that it will be an anime on a recent event I don' see it as something extremely new.

If Yamakan wants to make so called "better" anime then just make his better anime. There is no need for all this advertising about it. Although maybe all this call for attention is the point. He knows no one probably will care otherwise.
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Old 2011-10-12, 19:56   Link #9
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I don't think he was speaking about anime with *content* about the disaster.... just that anime should start providing content with some grounding and complexity. You can have fantasy and elements of escapism ... but past a certain point and you're basically just aiding a spiral into oblivion rather than trying to improve reality. There have been plenty of series that project positive messages -even when they're in fantastic settings (working together, treating people nicely, being tolerant of people who are different, etc), but there could be more.
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Old 2011-10-12, 21:17   Link #10
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Oh I thought he will make a new work (anime) about the earthquake and tsunami (or possibly the nuclear reactor meltdown): his desire to deal with the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster in his next work.
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Didn't he know what happened to Coppelion?
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Didn't he know what happened to Coppelion?
But that was grounded in fantasy and hit too close to reality. He intends to create something grounded close to reality. Think along the lines of Graveyard of the Fireflies (but who knows if it actually will be about hope or despair or what).
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Ok, so this is hurting the hearts of many to earn an income.
Such a brave gamble from Yamakan.

EDIT: I'm sorry, but I don't think that doing such a project is just exploiting the emotional burdens of the victims of the Tohoku Earthquake, and they do not deserve that. There's just so many killed by the earthquake and tsunami, plus Fukushima is still inhospitable due to radiation from the nuclear power plant.
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Sample comments about Yamakan 2ch is getting him hard.

And the interview (in Japanese.... but text is Adobe Flash)
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I think that Yakaman should do what he wants because he's Yakaman.
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I don't think so, especially when money is more important. A multi-million yen project getting 883 copies sales is NOT what you want saving anime.
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I think that Yakaman should do what he wants because he's Yakaman.
No... not if it's like Fractale.
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I remember tweeting Yamakan a few months back, and I was all like "nooo, don't quit dude ;_;" and he was like "meh, we'll see."

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Animation which is not just entertainment, contains a message or shows social awareness are not exactly a new thing either (Miyazaki etc). Difference is that it usually involves animated movies for (arthouse) cinema, not late night TV. Excluding noitamina, late night shows are dominated by escapist material. I wonder if Yamatokan can really find a market for TV anime that does something other then to provide the viewer with a shot of animated prozac (unless he plans to start making low budget movies like Makoto Shinkai) .
But Shinkai has the exact same problem as the rest of the late-night anime industry, which produces anime for the self-centered mind, sekai-kei anime (you know this term). Yamakan's been very vocal about sekai-kei and ketsudan-shugi, this is why he likes Madoka and Miyazaki movies because they supposedly escape these notions. Just remember Hoshi no Koe or 5 cm/s or Kumo no Mukou - these are all works in which the protagonist only cares about what happens to him and the person he loves - this is what "escapist" anime means in Japan in context.
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I remember tweeting Yamakan a few months back, and I was all like "nooo, don't quit dude ;_;" and he was like "meh, we'll see."

But Shinkai has the exact same problem as the rest of the late-night anime industry, which produces anime for the self-centered mind, sekai-kei anime (you know this term). Yamakan's been very vocal about sekai-kei and ketsudan-shugi, this is why he likes Madoka and Miyazaki movies because they supposedly escape these notions. Just remember Hoshi no Koe or 5 cm/s or Kumo no Mukou - these are all works in which the protagonist only cares about what happens to him and the person he loves - this is what "escapist" anime means in Japan in context.
I was refering to Shinkai's production process and distribution channels which, in theory, give him more creative freedom then anyone making anime for the late-night market. He still produces seikai-kei anime, but that may be just his personal choice rather then necessity.

Fans that seek out escapist material, whether it's seikai-kei or moe-kei, may not like being lectured. Recent shows like Madoka and Ano Hana that have played with the selfish/self centered mindset of the viewer, were been quite restrained and subtle in their critisism. While I sympathise with Yamakan's position, I think he is too outspoken/direct to pull off the same thing. I think he will have a better chance at getting his point across with a more mainstream audience, hence going the cinematic route.
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Yamakan before Fractale: Fuuuuu Yeah! You're so awesome make more animu.

Yamakan after Fractale: Please retire or something.

To be fair I did absolutely love Kannagi.
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